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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

For those flooded in New Orleans, those homeless in Biloxi, those hungry in Bay St. Louis

I spent a substantial portion of the evening watching the hurricane coverage. My prayers are certainly with the hurricane victims, for their safety, health, and recovery. I pray that this will be a time when the Gospel will go forth and be heard. I saw not only damage to roads and buildings and homes, but I saw damaged and hopeless hearts.

One of the news reporters, after showing footage of the looting in New Orleans, commented, "These times certainly bring out both the best and the worst in people." It seems true that those far away from the danger desparately want to help, to send money, to show kindness and generosity. Meanwhile, many of those in the midst of disaster, seem to want to take advantage of the chaotic situation by looting or even killing (as several people reported gunshots). This seems to illustrate both the common grace and the fallen nature of mankind.

Several times, I heard people express that they had lost everything in this hurricane, whether that be a home, a business, or a spouse. They seemed lost, helpless, and hopeless. I wondered if they had really lost their everything. I wondered if many of them were without the eternal promises of Christ. Nevertheless, I could understand feeling those emotions even as a Christian, when your reality is that everything you have ever known on this earth is gone. That would be shocking and devastating. My prayer is that the Christians affected by the hurricane will remember the promises they have in Christ and turn to Him for all comfort. I also pray that unbelievers will see their need for Christ alone. I pray for God's mercy and provision on all those affected.

I heard a lady tell her story. She owned a bed and breakfast in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. She and six guests were in the B&B when it literally crumbled. She and the others clung to a tree as the waters swiftly swept under them. A couple in their eighties were swept away (and later rescued). The others kept clinging on for dear life. The reporter asked this B&B owner what she was thinking about while clinging to the tree. She said she was thinking that she wanted to have more faith. From her testimony, I got the impression that she had not previously been living a life of faith. I pray for her, that God will truly work in her life, open her heart, and bring her to faith in Him (if she has not already). I pray for all those like her, who encountered a life or death situation, that God will use those situations to draw them to Himself. I pray that there will be many boldly poclaiming the Gospel. I pray that there will be many showing the love and care that Christ demands us to show to those in need.

Monday, August 22, 2005

Remember that Amy Grant/Vince Gill Duet "Lucky One"?

By God's perfect goodness and grace, I am marrying the most talented man I've ever met in my whole life! You can check out one of his 6 billion talents here. Enjoy...

Tuesday, August 02, 2005


Do you know what P.U.S.H stands for? Well, according to the bumper sticker I recently saw, it means Pray Until Something Happens. How delightful! Instead of prayer being a means through which God chooses to accomplish His sovereign and unchanging will, it is now a means by which we can sway God into doing whatever we want. Are things not going your way? Well, you probably just haven't been praying about it enough. So get down on your knees and get going. Pray Until Something Happens!

Other annoying bumper stickers: My Boss is a Jewish Capenter, Fight Truth Decay, No Sin Zone, Too Blessed to be Depressed, My Child Honors God and Praises Jesus, Boycott Hell, This Car is Prayer-conditioned.

Of course, most Christian bumper stickers communicate some major theological errors and the others are just plain stupid. What are some bumper stickers that you love to hate?